Khoka's Gulshan building, Rupganj land confiscated

Khoka’s Gulshan building, Rupganj land confiscated


Dhaka – After confiscation of a six storied building of former Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka in Gulshan, the government has further confiscated his 50-acre of lands at Rupganj in Narayanganj.
The concerned district administrations have hung notices at the building and the property.
Khoka’s lawyer Advocate Mohsin Miah questioned the court verdict under which he was sentenced to 13 years in jail and the district administrations have been asked to confiscate the property.He claimed that Khoka was allotted the five-katha plot in Gulshan as compensation as the then government acquired a seven-khatha of land with a three-story building in Manikgnagar area during the construction of Biswa Road there.
About Khoka’s land in Rupganj and Gazipur, he said the property are owned by a limited company named Buriganga Industries Limited where he owns only 2.87 per cent.
Mohsin alleged that Khoka went to the USA for treatment with permission from the High Court in May 2014 but he was as a fugitive in the case.
Earlier a Dhaka court on October 20 last year sentenced Khoka to 13 years in prison for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information in his wealth statement.
The court declared the verdict in absentia after cross-examination of 40 prosecution witnesses in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The court also asked the government to confiscate around Tk 10.05 crore from his bank accounts and a Gulshan building built with ill-gotten gains. The government will also attach three-fourths of his 133.59 acres immovable property, it added.
Khoka, now in the USA for treatment, was earlier shown fugitive in the case. The court on October 31 last year framed charges against him in absentia.
The ACC had filed the case on April 2, 2008 against Khoka, his wife Ishmat Ara, son Ishrak Hossain and daughter Sarika Sadeque for allegedly accumulating illegal wealth worth over Tk 17.57 crore and concealing information in the BNP leader’s wealth statement.
Meanwhile, Dhaka district administration asked the authorities concerned not to disturb the tenants those are staying in Khoka’s Gulshan home on rent. They were given one month time to vacate their flats in the house.
In another development BNP vice chairman at a press conference at party central office yesterday termed the government move to confiscate Khoka’s wealth motivated.
The move has been taken to undermine his colourful political career by putting a stigma. Confiscation of his wealth was not proper. Being a freedom fighter, he should be given more time as he wanted to cooperate in the trial process, he said.
Khoka’s lawyer said his client would take legal action after returning home as early as he would recover from ailment. – Staff Reporter


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